By Chad Love
Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post lamenting the continued decline of the bluefin tuna and how if I wanted to catch one perhaps I better do it quickly before it's too late. The bluefin was in pretty serious trouble before the BP spill. Now, with the Gulf of Mexico - one of the species' most important spawning grounds - a giant oil slick, environmental groups are starting to ask if the bluefin should be listed under the ESA.
From this story in the New York Times:
Fearing that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will deal a severe blow to the bluefin tuna, an environmental group is demanding that the government declare the fish an endangered species, setting off extensive new protections under federal law. Scientists agree that the Deepwater Horizon spill poses at least some risk to the bluefin, one of the most majestic — and valuable — fishes in the sea. Its numbers already severely depleted from record levels, the bluefin is also the subject of a global controversy regarding overfishing.